The 2022-23 NBA season is fast approaching, although we are currently in the offseason period where top markets across the league are looking to make major moves to acquire star players. The offseason is the best possible time to make roster moves because there aren’t games going on, and there is not a ton of media attention going around with regard to NBA activity. Not to mention, general managers of franchises have the time to look for the best deals to make at any given moment.
There are 3 excellent superteams that can be formed this offseason when looking ahead to the 2023 NBA season. One of those franchises looking to make a deal is the New York Knicks, a franchise that has not had a superstar since Carmelo Anthony was making clutch jumpers for them. They are well in the mix for any All-Star or superstar-caliber player because having Julius Randle by his lonesome will not work. Their main target is none other than Donovan Mitchell, a player who could be on the move after the Jazz traded away Rudy Gobert.
Another franchise in the mix for roster moves is the Los Angeles Lakers. Obviously, the entire world is waiting for the Lakers to move on from Russell Westbrook because the point guard does not fit well with LeBron James on the court at all. Los Angeles needs to go all-in for a top star because LeBron James is nearing age 38, and Anthony Davis is also nearing 30 years old. They must win right now because having a top-5 player of all time is a rarity that the franchise must not look past.
Lastly, the Boston Celtics are looking to make a blockbuster deal for none other than Kevin Durant. Boston lost in the 2022 NBA Finals and in quite a frustrating fashion. They had the talent and defensive mindset to put up a fight to force a Game 7, but they just looked out of their depth. Making a blockbuster deal for the best available superstar in Kevin Durant would take the Celtics over the top in the Eastern Conference, and it could very well happen.
Here are the three superteams that could be formed in the 2023 NBA season. Superteams are the norm these days, and there are a host of superstars that are immediately available that could transform the landscape of the NBA.
New York Knicks
Trade Package: Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, Obi Toppin, Derrick Rose, 2023 First-Round Pick, 2024 First-Round Pick, 2025 First-Round Pick, 2026 First-Round Pick, 2029 First-Round Pick For Donovan Mitchell
A bonafide All-Star in a competitive Western Conference, Donovan Mitchell has proven that he can be a franchise cornerstone player as he continues to develop his all-around game. The Utah Jazz has been competing for years thanks to Mitchell’s All-Star play, but those days are over now that Rudy Gobert is out of town. Knowing Mitchell’s flashy playing style, he could be an excellent addition to the New York Knicks. There is no doubt that the addition of Mitchell would place New York in top-4 seeding in the East once again, and a core of Mitchell with Randle and Barrett would be scary long-term.
There is no doubt about it, big markets attract the best players in the league because of the media attention, fame, and impact a player can have. Donovan Mitchell is certainly a box-office type of player because of his tremendous explosiveness and scoring ability. Utah is a nice market, but it isn’t New York, and the Knicks will always be in the mix for All-Stars should they come available. The Knicks also present an interesting situation for Mitchell because they have won one playoff series in 22 years and need a player to start turning the tide.
Donovan Mitchell has something to work with in Julius Randle, an All-Star when motivated, and also a young player in RJ Barrett. The Knicks could form somewhat of a Big Three to try to push for deeper playoff runs, something the shooting guard desperately wants. Of course, the NBA is a better place when the Knicks are playing well. Considering Mitchell is only 26, the Knicks should jump at this deal because their core trio could contend for the next 7 years at least. Clearly, the Knicks are high on Mitchell and are willing to provide a massive trade package to lure the guard from the Utah Jazz.
It won’t be an easy trade, as losing 5 first-round picks is a massive haul to handle. But considering Rudy Gobert demanded a host of picks, Mitchell should demand even more trade assets. The Knicks will immediately be giving up Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, and Obi Toppin, along with Derrick Rose. The keys need to be Randle and Barrett because they are both All-Star talents that could reach a higher level with Donovan Mitchell on board.
Utah completely rebuilds with a host of first-round picks, as Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, and Obi Toppin will be considered long-term resources. The Jazz has a chance to rebuild through the draft, something most teams need to do to get back on top. The Mitchell and Gobert experiment has failed countless times, and changes need to be made from Utah’s side. Giving Mitchell the best chance to make a difference in the NBA by being the Knicks’ savior could be the storyline NBA fans and media members want to follow during the 2023 season and beyond.
Los Angeles Lakers
Trade Package: Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, 2026 First-Round Pick, 2027 First Round Pick For Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry
Since the point guard asked to be traded, Los Angeles Lakers supporters have been anticipating the Kyrie Irving deal. Kyrie has created a great deal of turmoil during his time with the team, so it goes without saying that Brooklyn wants to get rid of him. In reality, Irving has caused problems wherever he has gone since leaving LeBron James' team. Playing beside LeBron James, the best leader in the NBA right now, is the only way for Irving to maintain his concentration. James and Kyrie would make a strong team, giving Los Angeles a team that has already established itself.
Right now, Kyrie Irving is far superior to Westbrook as a player, not to mention the fact he is younger and in his prime. Last season, Irving shot 41.8% from three-point range and 91.5% from the free-throw line. Averaging 27.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 5.8 APG, Irving had a spectacular year even if he was unable to play consistently. Meanwhile, Westbrook shot 29.8% from three and 66.7% from the free-throw line while averaging 18.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 7.1 APG. While Westbrook’s numbers look solid, his shooting percentages are embarrassing.
The Lakers need to come out ahead in every manner from this deal because they cannot keep the same squad that missed the play-in tournament. Sure, losing Talen Horton-Tucker is not ideal, and neither are the 2 first-round picks. Horton-Tucker is 21 years old and has potential, but he fits better with the Brooklyn Nets right now than he does with the Lakers. He has plenty of potential, and the Nets could bring out the best of the player by giving him minutes and confidence. Most importantly, the two future picks also mean nothing when LeBron James is almost 38 years old, and the Lakers need to make use of having a top-5 player of all time.
Not to mention, Los Angeles is likely adding one of the best snipers in the NBA, Seth Curry, to their roster. Curry averaged 15.0 PPG on 48.7% FG, 42.2% 3-PT FG, and 87.2% FT last year. No doubt about it, Seth is exactly what LeBron James and the Lakers need in their offense because he is one of the best off-ball players in the league and an elite marksman. With Irving and Curry on the board, the Lakers are massive favorites to come out of the West yet again. All it needs is for the Lakers to sacrifice their only future assets for the sake of Irving’s presence with a roster that also features LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Obviously, Brooklyn only does this deal if they desperately want two first-round picks and believe greatly in Horton-Tucker. But there is something about this deal that benefits the Lakers greatly: no other franchise wants Kyrie Irving, just like they do not want Russell Westbrook. In a sense, this deal could very easily happen if both franchises want to trade their “problems” and take a gamble because they both have nothing to lose.
Trade Package: Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Derrick White, 2025 First Round Pick, 2027 First Round Pick For Kevin Durant
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown's outstanding play on both ends of the floor, coupled with Marcus Smart and Al Horford's superior defense, were key factors in the Boston Celtics' demolition of the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the playoffs. The nucleus of the roster undoubtedly had an impressive season together, forcing the Golden State Warriors to a Game 6 before failing to force a Game 7. There is no denying that the Celtics' Finals defeat was painful because they came out as underprepared and immature against the Warriors. For starters, Golden State could not believe how frequently the Celtics hurt themselves on the court due to the atrociously high turnover rate.
Sure, Boston did a great job in bringing in Malcolm Brogdon to fix their point guard play, but they should make an even bigger move to bring in Kevin Durant. Jayson Tatum is absolutely untouchable because of his elite scoring skill and ability to one day be a bonafide MVP contender every year. Importantly, it has to be mentioned that Kevin Durant is a better player than Jaylen Brown and can form arguably the most talented offensive perimeter duo in history alongside Jayson Tatum. The Celtics can also hold on to other key players such as Al Horford, Robert Williams, and Malcolm Brogdon, who can be placed around the two superstars.
It must be mentioned that there are no guarantees that the Boston Celtics will make the NBA Finals again. They had a magical run last year, and everything worked to them perfectly for them to get where they went. Next year, the Milwaukee Bucks will be back healthy, and the Philadelphia 76ers improved their roster as James Harden becomes more familiar with the system. Not to mention, the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks will always be threats due to their All-Star talent. Boston needs to make a major move to get a step over these franchises, and Kevin Durant is arguably the best player in the world right now.
Brooklyn has made no secret that they want an All-Star to replace Durant along with other win-now players, and the Celtics package gives them that. Brown is an All-Star with a chance to form a nice duo with Ben Simmons, and Marcus Smart is fresh off a season where he was named the best defensive player in the league. Derrick White is a smart player who provides valuable minutes off the bench, and the Nets can still be a playoff team with a chance to possibly upset any opponent in the first round of the playoffs with this deal. But no doubt about it, the Celtics win this deal.
But Kevin Durant immediately becomes the best player on the Boston Celtics as he averaged 29.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 6.4 APG last year with the Nets while shooting 51.8% from the field, 38.3% from three, and 91.0% from the free-throw line. Those are superstar stats and numbers that indicate KD was arguably the best player in the world last year. At age 33 and going on 34, he has at least 2 more years at a superstar level. Durant and Tatum will be impossible to defend against, and the rest of the roster is filled with two-way players and shooters, including Malcolm Brogdon, Danilo Gallinari, Al Horford, and Robert William III. Boston might very well be the favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference because a 4-time scoring champion in Kevin Durant takes them over the top. Winning an NBA championship isn’t easy, and nothing is guaranteed, which means going after arguably a top-15 player of all time should be a no-brainer for the Celtics, even if it means losing three core players.